The news just came in from the survey of Tassievores
That a very lovely bunch are now visiting their local stores (and providores).
There are also some people who have ramped up their garden chores.
This may not seem very important, I know, but it
Is, so I’m bothering telling you so.
By now you probably know all the gushy Tassie-loving stuff that we usually come out with (great climate, masterful farmers, savvy business people, lovely produce and products…etc) so I will skip that bit and jump straight to the meaty or, if you prefer, gutsy-vegetarian) post-survey breakdown:
78% of participants surveyed reported improved knowledge of what Tasmanian products are available and where to get them as a result of the Challenge
87% of respondents said that they plan to continue eating more Tasmanian food than they did before the challenge began
70% of respondents not only increased their consumption of Tasmanian produce but also followed the challenge for the entire month
Over 90 %of respondents said that they would take the challenge again in the future and recommend it to others.
We also had a lovely long list of benefits of doing the challenge and also challenge-challenges (if you see what we mean…). The list of challenges will be very useful as we plan for next year so thanks for your thoughtful responses. As for the benefits – too many and varied to list them all but here are some of our favourites:
“Inspiration to prioritise local food. It made me ask questions”
“thinking more about what I eat and consuming consciously”
“mindfulness. Thinking about where your food is grown and where you can support local growers”
“supporting my community and the farmers”
“Fun, boast to friends about Tassievore delish”
Our response: Rock on you crazy kids – we love you!
So where to from here?
As you read this post there are mental cogs whirring in the brains of team Tassievore (‘think and wonder, wonder and think’) as we work out where to take Tassievore in 2016 so watch this space.
If you left your details in the survey and are keen to help organise and run 2016’s challenge – thankyou and we will be in touch.
If you didn’t get a chance to get involved this year but have ideas or energy to contribute please get in touch with us through our facebook page or by contacting Sustainable Living Tasmania (other ideas??)
Now to sign off for 2015 challenge in the immortal and unadulterated words of Dr Seuss
“Be grateful you’re not in the forest in France
Where the average young person just hasn’t a chance
To escape from the perilous pants eating plants
But your pants are safe, you’re a fortunate guy
You ought to be shouting how lucky am I”
― Dr. Seuss, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
Images from Sustainable Living Tasmania’s Living Local Feast 2015